My parents loved to play the soundtrack for the musical "Evita". At 10, I would find myself humming the songs as I played with my Barbies. For a good couple of months, all these heartfelt ballads and politically charged anthems almost vibrated the walls of our apartment. My friends were used to listening to Irish folk songs and jigs in their Irish American living rooms. They got a hearty helping of Broadway fare when they visited me.
When I was pregnant with my third child, my husband and I wanted to have a "real" date night before the new baby turned our already chaotic house upside down. Opening up the mail one day, I came across a flier for an "Evita" production to be held at our local playhouse. So off we went arm in arm to enjoy "Evita" together.
I was very impressed by the dedication, professionalism and overall talent of the cast. Each powerhouse song was sung with passion and thoughtfulness. When Eva sang "You Must Love Me", I felt some tears remembering how that song touched my mother in a special way. As a little girl, I remember my Mom and Dad coming home elated by the Broadway production of "Evita". That was their first Broadway theater trip since their honeymoon. Sitting in the theater, it was just the two of them again enjoying a wonderful musical production. (On our little date, my hubby was probably not as caught up in the show, but I think he was glad to keep his achy, pregnant wife happy : ) I now understand why my parents felt so uplifted and rejuvenated by listening to the soundtrack over and over again. It took them away from all their worries and responsibilities for a while. I think I'll dig out my "Evita" CD this afternoon and watch my kids' faces when they hear the songs. I'm sure I'll get a lot of wisecracks. My oldest will definitely run for the hills clutching his Ipod :)
I applaud all those talented, dedicated actors, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, producers, choreographers, set designers, wardrobe designers and stage crew in our local community theaters. Bravo to you!